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Accident Report Detail

Accident: 802587 - Employee Impaled On Ground Rod

Accident: 802587 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 09/19/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12650049509/25/19961623Duke Power Co.

An electric utility employee was installing a permanent service to a new residence. Temporary power was supplied to the house through a 100-millimeter by 100-millimeter by 2.4-meter temporary pole embedded 500 millimeters in the ground. The employee dug a 500-millimeter-deep trench from the house to the temporary pole to run the underground service cable to the house. He then used a ladder to gain access to the connection on the temporary pole, leaning his weight against the trenched side. The pole fell, and the employee landed on a 1.5-meter-long galvanized steel ground rod that had been driven into the ground. He was impaled 125 millimeters into his buttocks and rectum. He was hospitalized for his injuries.

Keywords: impaled, unsecured, buttocks, electrician, ladder, elec utility work, fall, utility pole, unstable position

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126500495 Hospitalized injury Puncture Electrical and electronic technicians

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